Iraq’s security officials said that 11 soldiers were shot dead by a group of gunmen from the Islamic State (ISIS) after attacking their army barracks in the mountains area of the north of Baghdad early Friday.
The security officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the soldiers were targeted while they were asleep.
“Over ten ISIS members attacked the army headquarter,” the official said, adding additional troops have been dispatched to the area and the dead bodies were evacuated.
The brazen attack occurred after it was widely believed that ISIS was largely defeated in the country in 2017, but it carries destructive activities through its sleeper cells in many areas around Iraq.
In October, ISIS militants armed with machine guns stormed a village in Diyala province in which they opened fire and killed 11 civilians and wounded several others.
The Iraqi defense ministry has not yet commented on the recent barracks attack.
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